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My Reading Pile #165


Things were a bit quiet in the mail this week and I imagine they will be until after BEA. But I did get an awesome, awesome book that I can’t wait to read.


[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received an ARC of LAILAH, the first book in Styclar Saga, by author Nikki Kelly thanks to the amazing team at Feiwel and Friends. I’d seen the description in the catalog and just had to put it on my list of books. Vampires and Angels. Good and Evil. Love and Hate. I just couldn’t resist. It sounds so perfectly “me.”

So much so that I might just be sneaking this one onto the pile this week, even though it doesn’t release until October.

And while I didn’t receive any other print books in the mail, I just had to grab an eARC that caught my eye.

The Stepsister's TaleCourtesy of Harlequin Teen via NetGalley


I saw this book a couple of weeks ago on NetGalley, but it wasn’t until I read its description in an email from Kismet Book Touring that I just had to click to grab a copy. It sounds awesome and I am officially intrigued about this Cinderella retelling.

As it releases toward the end of next month, I’m hopeful of getting this on the pile later this month, as I definitely want to read it pre-release.

But for now I have a couple of books I must read this week… along with the two books from last week’s pile that are still TBR. I’m soooo behind! And so…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

(May 11, 2014 – May 17, 2014)

Mortal Danger


First up on the pile is MORTAL DANGER by Ann Aguirre. I received an ARC last week courtesy of the publisher, Feiwel and Friends and I just couldn’t wait any longer to get this one on the pile.

I was so sad that I missed grabbing it when it was available super early on NetGalley. But I was so excited to have received a copy and won’t have to wait until it goes back up later this month.

This book sounds so ahhhh-mazing that I just have to read it now.

The title and cover already piqued my interest. The first sentence in the description made me that much more excited about it. The fact that it’s written by Ann Aguirre totally sold me on it. So the rest of what I read in the description was icing on the cake.

While I am a bit behind on last week’s reads, I should be able to dive into this on Monday. And as I will be on vacation, there’s no reason why I won’t be able to devour this in one sitting. And I cannot wait.

The Description…

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…


The Art of Floating


Next up on the pile is THE ART OF FLOATING by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe. I received a copy in the mail last week courtesy of the author’s publicist and I can’t wait to read it as it sounds beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful.

I expect there will be tears when I read this book. The description leads me to believe there will be many. I am curious about what’s so unusual about this mystery man’s appearance in Sia’s life. And I’m so curious about how his presence puts Sia’s life into focus after her husband went missing.

The title called out to me the moment I saw it. And the storyline is different and has me totally intrigued. So even though this isn’t YA, or a genre I’ve been reading lately, I have a feeling I’m going to really connect with this book. And I hope to be able to add it to the pile on Thursday.

The Description…

At a time when nothing seems real, it takes something truly unusual to put your life into focus.

When her beloved husband Jackson disappeared without a trace, popular novelist Sia Dane stopped writing, closed down her house, stuffed her heart into a cage, and started floating. It wasn’t the normal response to heartache, but Sia rarely did things the normal way.

Exactly one year, one month, and six days after Jackson’s disappearance, Sia discovers a mysterious man on the beach. He’s mute, unresponsive, and looks as if he has just walked out of the sea. It’s the sort of situation Jackson would have solved with a simple call to the police. But Jackson is gone.

As unreal as he seems, Sia is determined to help this man. Perhaps she can return him to his place in the world—to whoever lost him and loves him. Perhaps she can answer their questions the way no one could answer hers.

But as her friends and family help her winnow her way to the truth, Sia comes to realize that the unfathomable leap between sorrow and healing begins with a single step.


Wishful Thinking Reads

I don’t think I can afford a wishful thinking read this week. I’ve fallen so far behind with anything and everything when it comes to blogging. But especially with regard to reviews. Instead of wishing I could read another book this week, I think I’m going to wish for the ability to catch up on a review or ten.


Those Left Behind

So much for thinking things would be a little bit less hectic this week.

I was completely derailed this week due to IRL stuffs. I spent way too long out sailing last Saturday – 10 hours on the water – and didn’t get home until very late Saturday night. I spent Sunday out and about, running errands and such. And then I had a sick pet situation which had me totally freaked for days and which involved a vet trip, sleepless nights, ’round the clock monitoring, and now a test of wills with regard to medication. (I think she’s winning.)

So I didn’t have any mental capacity whatsoever to read this past week. Certainly not a book that was a series-ender. Though I did manage to finish BREAKABLE – so, so, so brilliant. And I did start reading TAKE ME ON this Friday – of course I love, love, love it – and I will hopefully be able to mark it “read” on Sunday.

And I didn’t write a single review. Ugh.

But I have a couple of books I plan to review this week and will post them if I can find a day to squeeze them in. Though with the way life has been going, I’m not going to hold myself to anything, because anything could come up and totally change my game plan.

I’m keeping fingers crossed. Tightly.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

Aside from the eARC I grabbed, I didn’t request any titles on NetGalley this week. Though I’m so very tempted to request Elisa Ludwig’s book, COIN HEIST which sounds so totally retro cool.

And while I didn’t find a lot of new titles, TAKE ME ON is available for a few markets. As I madly adore this author and series I just had to put links to all three options.

Here are this week’s finds…

TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen, May 27 2014)

TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry (Harlequin (UK) Limited, Jul 1 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen, Jun 1 2014) **AU/NZ Reviewers ONLY**

DOCTOR WHO: THE BOG WARRIOR by Cecilia Ahern (Random House UK, Ebury Publishing, May 8 2014)

COIN HEIST by Elisa Ludwig (Adaptive Books, Jun 10 2014)

CINDERELLA’S DRESS by Shonna Slayton (Entangled Publishing LLC, Jun 3 2014)


While life was kind of crazy this past week, it was nice not to have to study for an exam. And having logged into my membership account, I was able to see that my certification went through for ASA 104 – Bareboat Cruising. Which means I’m now officially able to charter a boat and take it to any coastal destination. Well… maybe not any. I have to take the Advanced Coastal Cruising course to be able to take a boat to a coastal destination that will require me to sail after dark.

But Catalina, here I come! Though Saturday (today), I’ll probably just be sailing up to Malibu or down to Redondo Beach, depending upon the sun and the wind.

As I am on vacation this week, I plan on reading as much as I can, as often as I can. And if I really feel up to the task, I might just get some writing done. But in an attempt not to be overly optimistic or ambitious, I’ll stick with the reading. Which I know I’ll be able to do.

Anyway… I wish you a very happy reading week ahead. And as ever, if you’d like to share what books you have on the pile this week or what books you received – whether in the mail, from the library or from the store – I’d love to know!


Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

3 Responses to “My Reading Pile #165”

  1. I do hope this next week will be much better for you and I hope your pet will be feeling much better!
    I cannot wait to hear what you think of Mortal Danger, since I’m quite excited about that one!

  2. cassam101 says:

    Hope your pets gets better soon I know what it feels like. Mortal Danger sounds a bit like the film Carrie. I fancy The Art of Floating sounds like my kind of book. I too have so many to catch up with I can’t understand why I feel compelled to even look on Net Galley or Bookbridgr.

  3. paijslater says:

    I cannot wait to see what you think about Mortal Dangers :). I want to read that one. I would like to see what you and others think of it before I do 🙂

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